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Why Has My Weight Loss Plateaued?

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When you decided to start a weight loss program, your goal was to lose weight. You committed to making changes and you started to see progress.

The best thing about weight loss is achieving your goal. The worst thing about weight loss is hitting your first plateau. You're dealing with a weight loss platea when you've been progressively losing weight and then the weight stops coming off.

It's one of the most frustrating things about trying to lose weight because what you have been doing is not working anymore.

Do not be dismayed. There are reasons why plateaus happen. Even better, there are ways to continue to get past them.

When you first start losing weight you change the amount of energy your body is using every day. The food you eat is energy that you are putting into your body.

The amount of exercise you do is the energy that you are putting out. When you expend more energy in one day than you take in, you lose weight. So when your daily activities and exercise burn more energy than you eat, then you will lose weight.

During the weight loss process, you want to make sure that you are burning fat, and not just losing water and muscle mass. Your muscles are one of your best allies in continuing to have a strong metabolism and weight loss. Even with the best weight loss programs, you might in time start losing muscle mass, especially if you have a large amount of weight to lose.

So if you have hit a plateau, consider some of these strategies to help you continue to lose weight.

Change your exercise plan to include more muscle toning exercises. Maintaining your muscle or toning your muscles will be your saving grace. In fact, toning your muscle is one way to continue to keep your metabolism strong, to get you out of your plateau.

If you were exercising before and still hit a plateau, this is because your metabolism and your muscles have adjusted to your exercise routine . You need to change up your program to burn more fat.

You might be surprised to know that a good exercise program is not only about the cardiovascular exercise, it is also about muscle toning.

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EmpowHER Guest

Good info!!

My journey for weight-loss and a healthier lifestyle was very difficult. I tried different fad diets such as Atkins and vegan. The process was slow and I would lose weight but just gain it back in the end. I found out about the Paleo diet about 8 months ago and it has helped me shed over 50 lbs in 7 months. Not only that, but it's helping me to keep from gaining the weight back and I feel great!

September 4, 2015 - 10:32pm
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